Hot Pass Winner
Smoke in the Grove

Tiffany Patrick


The camaraderie between the ladies is very sincere, and I'm so happy to be a part of it.

The 2018 Fire & Ice Women’s Barbeque Series top ten finalists spots are filling up fast! Cowboy Charcoal recently awarded its fourth HOT PASS winner for this year’s championship, which is set to take place during the World Food Championships (WFC) at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama in the Fall.

Tiffany Patrick with team #thisgirlknowsmeat joined the elite roster of lady pitmaster finalists by snagging a HOT PASS at Smoke in the Grove in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. For being the highest-scoring female pitmaster in the competition, Tiffany walked away with a $1.000 cash prize and a finalist spot for the Fire & Ice series championship in November.

Now in its third year of sponsoring the all-female pitmaster competition, Cowboy Charcoal decided to spice things up by allowing five qualifiers to bypass the year-long points race by winning a HOT PASS at specific events during the barbeque season. The remaining five qualifiers will earn their way through the traditional KCBS points race process. All ten will then go head to head in a two-day finale at WFC.

Tiffany has been a part of the barbeque world for several years as a certified KCBS master judge. After being a part of the judging process, she became intrigued with how pitmasters prepared the mouth-watering dishes she was scoring.

“About a year ago I decide I wanted to know the magic behind the end product I was judging,” said the pitmaster from Frederick, Maryland.  “I decided I was going to find out and considered giving it a go myself.”

However, Tiffany’s debut into the competition side of barbeque came sooner than even she expected. In fact, her performance at Smoke at the Grove was Tiffany’s first-ever barbeque competition. Ironically, when she signed up to compete at the Grove event, Tiffany didn’t even have a smoker of her own yet!

“On May 1, a rep approached me about the Cowboy Charcoal Women's Barbeque Series and Smoke on the Grove Hot Pass event,” explained Tiffany. “I didn't even have a smoker yet, and I had planned on spending all summer practicing before competing in my first event.”

With some encouragement from the rep, Tiffany decided to throw her hat in the ring and spent the next three months practicing for the Hot Pass qualifier. The first-time competitor was so thrilled to walk away with her first big win and felt very supported by her fellow lady pitmasters at the competition. Apart from winning the Hot Pass portion of the event, Tiffany was a stand-out in the overall competition as well, taking second place out of 63 teams in the People’s Choice category.

“I love that this competition has such an inviting atmosphere and all of the ladies who I competed with at Smoke on the Grove were so supportive and happy for me that I won,” said Tiffany. “The camaraderie between the ladies is very sincere, and I'm so happy to be a part of it.”

Stay tuned to see which lady pitmasters will grab the two remaining HOT PASSES to advance to the finals, where they’ll have a shot at $30,000 in cash and jewelry prizes in November!